Development of government response statements for five species at risk under the Endangered Species Act, 2007

ERO number
013-3605
Notice type
Policy
Act
Endangered Species Act , R.S.O. 2007
Posted by
Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
Transferred to
Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
Notice stage
Proposal Updated
Proposal posted
Comment period
August 21, 2018 - October 5, 2018 (45 days) Closed

Update Announcement

On June 29, 2018, the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks assumed responsibility for the Endangered Species Act, 2007. The act was formerly the responsibility of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

August 21, 2018

This consultation was open from:

August 21, 2018
to October 5, 2018

Proposal summary

We are proposing to develop species-specific policies (government response statements) that outline the actions the government intends to lead and support in the protection and recovery of five species at risk in Ontario: Blue Ash, Gypsy Cuckoo Bumble Bee, Kentucky-coffee Tree, Massasauga (Carolinian and Great Lakes - St. Lawrence populations).

Proposal details

Description of Policy

The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) is proposing government response statements in relation to recovery strategies for the following five species:

  • Blue Ash
  • Gypsy Cuckoo Bumble Bee
  • Kentucky Coffee-tree
  • Massasauga (Carolinian population)
  • Massasauga (Great Lakes – St. Lawrence population)

Recovery strategies consistent with the requirements of Section 11 of the Endangered Species Act, 2007 were finalized for these species on December 13, 2017 (Blue Ash, Gypsy Cuckoo Bumble Bee, Kentucky-coffee Tree) and June 2, 2016 (Massasauga (Carolinian population) and Massasauga (Great Lakes – St. Lawrence population)) and are available on Ontario’s Species at Risk website (links are provided below under Other Relevant Information).

The finalizations of these recovery strategies triggers the requirement to develop a government response statement in relation to each recovery strategy. Each government response statement will provide the government’s goal for the recovery of the species and a summary of the prioritized actions the Government of Ontario intends to take in response to the associated recovery strategy.

When the recovery strategies were finalized, Environmental Registry #013-1865 (Blue Ash, Gypsy Cuckoo Bumble Bee and Kentucky-coffee Tree) and #012-7567 (Massasauga (Carolinian population) and Massasauga (Great Lakes – St. Lawrence population)) invited the public to review the final recovery strategies and submit comments through the Environmental Registry, as well as through an online survey, about the goals and actions the Government of Ontario should consider in the development of government response statements. These comments and the recommendations contained within the recovery strategies were considered in the development of the proposed government response statements.

 

Purpose of Policy

The proposed policies (government response statements) provide species-specific direction on the actions the government intends to lead and support in the protection and recovery of five species at risk in Ontario (Blue Ash, Gypsy Cuckoo Bumble Bee, Kentucky-coffee Tree, Massasauga (Carolinian population) and Massasauga (Great Lakes – St. Lawrence population). The purpose of this notice is to inform the public that draft government response statements have been prepared and to seek feedback on the draft documents. Comments will be considered in finalizing the government response statements. Please reference Environmental Registry number 013-3605 in your comments.

 

Other Information

Proposed Government Response Statements:

Ontario recovery strategies:

 

Ontario Species at Risk website: https://www.ontario.ca/page/species-risk

The Endangered Species Act, 2007: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/07e06

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Species Conservation Policy Branch
Address

300 Water Street
Floor 5N
Peterborough ON K9J 8M5
Canada

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Comment

Commenting is now closed.

The comment period was from August 21, 2018
to October 5, 2018

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Species Conservation Policy Branch
Address

300 Water Street
Floor 5N
Peterborough ON K9J 8M5
Canada

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